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Race season is on it’s way! Yes, Cheltenham and the Grand National will soon be upon us, bringing an array of weird and wonderful style from racegoers and celebrities alike. For fashion watchers, race season is always eagerly awaited, whether you follow elegant royal style, or like to look at the more interesting and colourful looks of the WAGS and wannabees who seem drawn to Aintree.

I’m never sure whether the lure of race season is the chance to have a little flutter and maybe win a few pounds, or the chance to dress up. It is probably a little bit of both, tied in with the chance to people watch too. Whatever your thoughts, if you are planning to attend the races this year, then a voucher towards the cost of your outfit, or towards the cost of your picnic basket, would probably be most gratefully accepted.

Race Day Fashion

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The nation is preparing for racing season. The shops are stocking the latest fashion and fascinators and the supermarkets have ordered in the panic blankets and champagne in preparation.

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The Night Before Christmas at John Lewis Birmingham

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house”, well, all through John Lewis in Grand Central Birmingham actually, but you get the general picture. Christmas arrived in Birmingham last week, as a group of very lucky bloggers (myself included – yay!) were invited to a Christmas launch event after hours in the flagship Grand Central store. There was fizz, there was delicious looking food, and there was everything that says ‘Christmas’, It was amazing.

The night was all about getting a taste of John Lewis Christmas, before the much anticipated advert is released. There was an opportunity to look at specific promotions, including a set of very special Christmas tree lights that work by App. These lights have all sorts of combinations when it comes to colour and shine, and can even be set to come on, or to go off after you’ve gone to bed.

Twinkly 175 LED Christmas Lights Extra Large Set, Multi L20.5m £85 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis is always the place to go for new Christmas decorations. It gives you ideas and themes for how to dress your tree, putting together colour schemes that you may not have thought of as strictly Christmasssy – pinks and oranges are not associated with Christmas, but they make a wonderful colour combination on a ‘Tales of the Maharaja’ styled tree. Folklore, Russian influenced Winter Palace and Highland Myths are amongst the other, wonderful themes in store this year.

Winter Palace

John Lewis Winter Palace Bauble £12 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Winter Palace Babushka Bauble £6 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Olivia Tree Topper, Silver Blue £12 Click to visit John Lewis

Tales of the Maharaja

John Lewis Tales of the Maharaja Lion Head Bauble Click here John Lewis Tales of the Maharaja Leopard Head Bauble £8 Click here

John Lewis Lima Llama Flamingo Clip On Tree Decoration £8 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Lima Llama Flamingo Snow Globe £18 Click to visit John Lewis

Lima Lama As well as the best decorated trees around, John Lewis also had a brilliant range of decorations for the mantlepiece, tables and shelves, as well as a wonderful array of indoor and outdoor lighting solutions.

Coppenrath Victorian Christmas Houses Advent Boxes, Pack of 24 £15 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Highland Myths Festive Owl Decoration, Small £18 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Winter Palace Artificial White Twig Tree £15 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis LED Christmas TV Scene £25 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Highland Myths Festive Deer Room Decoration £18 Click to visit John Lewis

One of the new products for 2017 that elicited lots of excitement was the Scentsicles, scented twig like sticks that you can hang from your Christmas tree and leave the whole room smelling of Christmas. These are just £6 and are frankly amazing, a new Christmas must have.

Scentsicles £6 Click to visit John Lewis

There were food treats to sample too, with an advent calendar full of pork scratchings proving to be a surprise hit. My personal favourites were Prestat popping pink prosecco mini truffles which had a lovely Prosecco flavour combined with the hint of popping candy – a blast from childhood combined with bubbles has to be a good thing.

John Lewis truly is a Winter wonderland during the run up to Christmas, and in terms of decoration, they are hard to beat.

*With thanks to Shani from John Lewis and the Brum Bloggers Group for the invitation.

 

 

Seasonal Style at the Botanical Gardens

Last week I was a guest of Barques PR at a gorgeous afternoon of food, fizz and seasonal fashion. The Seasonal Style event, which is held annually at Birmingham’s beautiful Botanical Gardens, was a feast of the best fashion and beauty around, with a style presentation by the lovely Beth Goodrham, and beauty demonstrations by Bobbi Brown’s leading artist Amy Conway. Add into this a host of stalls with exhibitors including Pai Skincare, Rachel Simpson shoes and Jo Malone, and you have a most glamorous afternoon.

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The day started with champagne and a browse around the stalls. John Lewis was a supporter of the event, and representatives from the &Beauty department were out in force, with Bobbi Brown, Pai Skincare and Jo Malone all offering advice (and arm massages). There were also gorgeous pieces of jewellery from Livto jewellery and Hannah Walker jewellery, along with lust inducing designer handbags (Chanel anyone?) and vintage furs from Fellows Auctioneers.

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The show

Birmingham Stylist Beth Goodrham had chosen outfits from the vast range at John Lewis to highlight key looks that will work for all summer occasions, from race days and ladies days, to summer weddings, and even more casual occasions. The outfits came from a range of brands, from Ted Baker, Hobbs, Kin, Mint Velvet and Reiss.  The models used were woman who had attended the event, which was a lovely touch, and Beth truly styled them to perfection – there wasn’t an outfit I wouldn’t have worn, and there were so many pieces I absolutely loved.

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Ted Baker Secret Trellis collection, click to view at John Lewis

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Ted Baker Kacied Secret Trellis dress – click to view at John Lewis

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Ted Baker Magnolia Stripe skirt – click to visit John Lewis

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Hobbs Harbour Dress, Navy/White Click to visit John Lewis

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Beauty

Amy Conway showed the audience lots of quick fixes for glowing, healthy looking skin, using the lovely Lucy from John Lewis as a model. These were the sort of 5 minute pick me ups that even the busiest of woman could attempt – I definitely need to invest in a foundation stick from Bobbi Brown now.  I loved how Lucy’s skin looked so healthy, and picked up tips on using blusher and bronzer.

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Food

 

The meal was catered for by Ampersand, the Botanical Garden’s catering team. It was a deliciously balanced two courses, with chicken for the main, and the most delicious Lemon Cheesecake and raspberry sorbet for dessert.

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I had the most wonderful afternoon with the team from Barques, it was lovely to put on a pretty dress and enjoy fashion, beauty and fine food.

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